As with all things, if you plan to invest in something (especially an expensive operating system such as an HVAC unit), chances are that you're going to do a little bit of crowdsourcing. We all want to know that we're making the right investment, so we openly welcome the opinions of our family and friends on that decision. As such, these opinions often turn into "fact." Unfortunately, when it comes to HVAC service in Cary, NC - many of these opinions are actually myths that could be costing you more money than necessary.
For example, if you consider the way your home operates your heating and cooling systems, you'll find that while we depend on our air conditioning to provide cool air during the warmer months, but we rarely think about the process of cooling. In fact, very few people fully understand how an HVAC works. By trusting myths, we open ourselves up into practicing unnecessary and damaging behaviors that could negatively impact our HVAC units, how comfortable you are in your home, and how much you spend on your utility bill each month.
With that in mind, we'll discuss 3 overplayed air conditioning myths and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: Air conditioners run on refrigerant
This first myth is more of a misunderstanding. In fact, you've likely read about the different types of refrigerant located in an HVAC unit. As a result, many homeowners believe that their air conditioner uses refrigerant in much the same way that a car uses gas. This is absolutely not true.
Residential HVAC units do not use refrigerants. Your HVAC system is contained in a sealed system. Therefore, any refrigerant should never escape the system. If anyone tells you that you need more refrigerant, it means that you have a leak that needs to be repaired.
Now, in truth, what you're likely referring to is freon. Freon is the brand name of an air conditioner refrigerant called chlorodifluoromethane, which is more commonly referred to as R-22. It is primarily used as a coolant for air conditioning units, heat pumps and other types of heating and cooling equipment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2003, you're likely used to the concept of a HVAC technician servicing your unit and adding freon. However, earlier this year, freon was banned in the United States. If you have a unit that still requires freon, we recommend upgrading your HVAC system as soon as possible.
Myth #2: Bigger is better
Sizing an HVAC system for your home isn't as simple as you might think. In much the same way that you wouldn't get a larger shoe to run more miles, you won't necessarily get a larger HVAC unit to heat and cool your larger home. If a unit is too big, it's possible that your air conditioner could cool your home too quickly which can cause the unit to cycle on and off too frequently. As a result, your air conditioner won't be able to perform to its full functionality, leaving you uncomfortable.
Your HVAC system needs to be able to run long enough to dehumidify your home, so your system should be appropriately sized. Not too big, not too small - Goldilocks sized! A system that is too large won't allow proper conditioning of your air and can reduce the efficiency of your equipment over time. Therefore, don't buy into the myth that installing a larger air conditioner will produce better quality air throughout your home. You'll end up spending more money than you ever imagined.
Myth #3: If you turn the thermostat down, your Air Conditioner will cool faster
We've all attempted to cool our homes faster by adjusting the thermostat. However, an air conditioner isn't the same thing as a ceiling fan. It was never intended to immediately cool down a room. In fact, if it really is that hot in your home, it may take some time to get to your desired temperature.
Your thermostat is the on/off switch that communicates directly with your air conditioning unit. Depending on how you have programmed your thermostat, it will tell your air conditioner when to deliver cold or warm air, as well as when to stop. If you're hot, just set your thermostat to the desired temperature and wait.
Want to get the most out of your HVAC system in Cary, NC? Hire Choice HVAC. And, if you ever have questions about your heating and cooling units, never hesitate to get in touch with Choice HVAC in Cary, NC.